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LGBTQ Policies

ACS has implemented LGBTQ-specific policies to include best practices designed to overcome the severe and widespread bullying, harassment, and discrimination LGBTQ young people experience at home, in school, and in their communities.

LGBTQ Policy

ACS’ main LGBTQ policy, Promoting a Safe and Respectful Environment for LGBTQ Youth and their Families Involved in the Child Welfare, Detention and Juvenile Justice Systems (2012) describes ACS’ commitment to provide all young people and families served by ACS and our contracted provider agencies with a safe, healthy, inclusive, affirming, and discrimination-free environment.
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LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Policy

The Non-Discrimination Policy, Youth and Families (2008) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, marital status or partnership, mental or physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, alienage and citizenship status.
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Trans Health Related Policy & Guidance

The Provision of Non-Medicaid Reimbursable (NMR) Treatment or Services for Youth in Foster Care (2015) policy applies to medical or mental health treatment or services that are not Medicaid reimbursable, including gender affirming healthcare associated with Gender Identity Disorder.
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The supplemental guidance summarizes how provider agencies can request ACS to review, approve, and reimburse transgender-related healthcare that is categorically excluded from New York State’s Medicaid coverage. This guidance specifically includes “gender affirming healthcare associated with Gender Dysphoria,” also known as trans-related healthcare, as one of the conditions for which the NMR Policy may be utilized. Please note that this guidance is meant to clarify existing NMR Policy and is not meant to replace it.
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Same-Sex Marriage Policy

The Recognition of Legal Same-Sex Marriages policy requires ACS and providers to recognize legal same-sex marriages when relevant in our dealings with staff, clients, families and others. These guidelines became effective July 1, 2010 and should be utilized when working with couples who describe themselves as married and have the proper documentation.
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